Mark Zuckerberg clarifies his comments that "defended" Holocaust deniers on Facebook

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  • During the July 18, 2018 episode of the Recode Decode podcast, Facebook CEO/founder Mark Zuckerberg said in the 90-minute interview that he found all the Holocaust denying on his platform offensive, but he then said he doesn't think they should remove it because different people get things wrong. He added that he didn't think those same people are intentionally getting it wrong.
  • A lot of Facebook users were displeased with his comments. Some accused him of defending, even giving white supremacists a voice.
  • Jonathan Greenblat, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, expressed his feelings on the matter by saying Facebook has a moral and ethical duty to not allow the act of Holocaust denial.
  • Zuckerberg quickly clarified his controversial comments by emailing a message to the podcast host Kara Swisher, which she shared on the website: "I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that. Our goal with fake news is not to prevent anyone from saying something untrue, but to stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services. If something is spreading and is rated false by fact checkers, it would lose the vast majority of its distribution in News Feed. And of course if a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. These issues are very challenging but I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech."

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